What makes Phase Five different from other gyms?
Two words…safety and education. Over the course of 10 years our program has experienced no serious training related injuries, including rhabdomyolysis, compartment syndrome, hospitalization, permanent disability, emergency services response.
Unfortunately, this has become an increasing rare phenomenon within the CrossFit community. There are many gyms that use a “cattle call” format to administer workouts. This practice is dangerous… bordering on negligence. We’re different in this regard, Phase Five recognizes that structured classes, intelligent programming, and teaching progressions are critical in preventing injury. Phase Five uses programming that is periodized (planned) and we teach complex movements in a progressive format. In layman’s terms we have a plan and we teach you simple movements first…complex movements later.
In the words of Dr. Mel Siff, the sign of a really excellent routine is one which places great demands on the athlete, yet produces progressive long-term improvement without soreness, injury or the athlete ever feeling thoroughly depleted. Any fool can create a program that is so demanding that it would virtually kill the toughest Marine or hardiest of elite athletes, but not any fool can create a tough program that produces progress without unnecessary pain. We’re not fools and neither are you…choose the best…choose Phase Five.
Can anyone participate in your program?
Yes. However, we require all new clients to take our our functional movement evaluation (FME) and work capacity test (WCT). These screens will test your capacity for proper human movement (flexibility, mobility, stability, etc.) and work capacity (fitness). These evaluations are an extremely important part of our program because they act as the first line of defense against injury. They also enable us to tailor our program to meet your specific needs and goals, while providing you with valuable insight regarding your current physical state.
If gross deficiencies are present we may suggest that you take an alternate route toward group training. For example: we may require you to start with our “specialized” training program. The specialized program will provide you with one-on-one instruction and individually appropriate work-outs. This path is designed to get you up to speed before entering our high-intensity group training environment.
What is your class structure like?
Each class begins with a trainer led group warm-up. The individual class participants are classified as beginner, intermediate and advanced. These classifications are determined based on your evaluation results and is an integral component of the Phase Five system. These categories are designed to address the needs of the individual within a group exercise environment. Group exercise classes are generally comprised of people of varied skill sets, ages, capacities and athletic backgrounds. This simple fact coupled with our desire to help each of our individual clients succeed in the group environment has led us to create this model.
I’m visiting from out of town, can I drop in?
Yes, we require that you’ve been CrossFitting at an affiliate gym for at least 3-months. Please review our class schedule, and send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org and await approval. Our drop in fee for out of town CrossFitters is $20 per day. Please come in 10 minutes early to fill out a liability waiver.
Are there showers available at the Phase Five facility?
Yes! Our facility has dedicated male and female locker rooms with a private shower in each. These are first come first serve. However, availability is rarely an issue for our clients.